Correctional Officer Bernard T. Waddell, Sr.

Correctional Officer Bernard T. Waddell, Sr.

Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Bernard T. Waddell, Sr.

Correctional Officer Bernard Waddell died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Hudson County Correctional Center at 30-35 South Hackensack Avenue in Kearny.

Officer Waddell had served with the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 28 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Not available

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Rest in peace Correctional Officer Waddell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 2, 2022

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